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Friday, March 24, 2017
By Greg Beacham / The Associated Press LOS ANGELES—Even before the United States took the field to face Puerto Rico for the World Baseball Classic (WBC) championship on Wednesday night, Rob Manfred was confident in declaring this sometimes troubled tournament to be a smashing success. The Major League Baseball (MLB) commissioner’s confidence...
By Doug Ferguson / The Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas—Defending champion Jason Day lasted only six holes at the Dell Technologies Match Play until a heavy heart forced an early departure. Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth might not be far behind. The opening round of golf’s most unpredictable tournament took a stunning turn on...
MERALCO stakes its unbeaten run opposite a Lou Amundson-powered TNT in the Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Far from its previous stint in the All-Filipino conference where it finished with a measly 3-8 won-lost record, the Bolts had a 2-0 start by disposing of...
THE national men’s football team settled for a scoreless draw with Malaysia on Wednesday night at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, a result that exposed the Azkals’ weakness in finishing matches. “This is football. We need to score goals to win games. So our focus on the next couple of days...

No journalist at all!

By Carlos Rodriguez | The Associated Press
 MEXICO CITY—The Mexican media executive suspected of stealing Tom Brady’s  jersey went to the Super Bowl as a working journalist but spent the week collecting selfies and autographs from football greats and boasting to colleagues that he was there as a fan. Mexican journalists...

No show, no problem

IN, Texas—Five eligible players are not at the Dell Technologies Match Play this year, the highest number of dropouts in 16 years. Good luck finding someone at Austin Country Club who can name them all. No, Tiger Woods is not on that list. His name still comes up in just about every...

Warriors Champs

UNIVERSITY of the East (UE) drew the best from its doubles team of Paulo Baran and Jeric de los Santos to beat University of Santo Tomas (UST) and capture its first men’s title in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 79 tennis tournament on Wednesday. The Red Warriors...
Mikha Fortuna and Sofia Chabon toughened up in the closing holes, coming through with two birdies to card a one-under 71 and finish tied for first in the US Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Sectional Qualifying at the Pasatiempo Golf Club in Sta. Cruz, California, on Tuesday. Fortuna and Chabon struggled on...

Petron eyes prelims sweep

UNDEFEATED Petron guns for a preliminary round sweep against back-against-the wall Generika-Ayala today in the Belo-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City. The Blaze Spikers, however, are not focused on a five-match sweep as Head Coach Shaq Delos Santos is still looking...
RACAL and Tanduay are one win away from a title duel for the Philippine Basketball Association Developmental League Aspirants’ Cup but Coaches Jerry Codiñera and Lawrence Chongson remain cautious, insisting there’s nothing to celebrate until after their troops get the job done. “Anything can happen, anything is possible,” said Codiñera...
ISABELA is ready to roll off the red carpet for participants of the 2017 Ayala Philippine National Open Invitational Athletics Championships from March 30 to April 2 at the Ilagan City Sports Complex. The country’s athletes from the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association will be tested against competitors from...

Where’s Trigger?

ALMOST right after he got off the plane, the word is that National Basketball Association (NBA) champion and three-time All-Star Glen Rice couldn’t help but mention the name “Trigger.” “Where’s Trigger?” he said, in so many words. “Trigger” was the name he and fellow NBA Legends who were here in 2010...
BOSTON—Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey has been found in Mexico six weeks after it vanished from the Patriots’ locker room—but the mystery isn’t over. The National Football League (NFL) said the jersey was found in “possession of a credentialed member of the international media”, and authorities were investigating on...
Angelique Kerber is back at No. 1 in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings, reclaiming that spot from Serena Williams. Kerber moved atop the rankings on Monday, about six months after she originally ascended to No. 1 for the first time, overtaking Williams by winning the US Open. That ended...
By Seth Berkman / New York Times News Service THE United States women’s national hockey team and its lawyers met for 10 hours on Monday with USA Hockey, working to reach an agreement for increased wages and support. Two team veterans, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Hilary Knight, called the meetings “productive” and said...
Sidney Onwubere hit a clutch 3 as time expired to lift Racal to an 88-86 decision over Cafe France in Game One of their semifinal duel in the Philippine Basketball Association Developmental League Aspirants Cup at the Marikina Sports Center on Tuesday. Down two with 1.9 second left, Racal called...

Ateneo eyes vengeance

FINAL Four-bound Ateneo de Manila has an added motivation in trying to inch closer to a twice-to-beat advantage as the Lady Eagles seek payback against National University (NU) today in Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) women’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre in...
THE current Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) administration—just like all its predecessors—is hoping to get what is rightly due for the agency from the operation of government-owned casinos. Commissioner Ramon Fernandez said the incumbent PSC board wanted the five percent share from the gross revenue of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming...

Fuel Masters vs Hotshots

PHOENIX parades a new import as it goes for a 2-0 start against Star in the Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Fuel Masters would no longer enjoy the services of Eugene Phelps, who is now bound for Puerto Rico’s pro league after torching...
ADAMSON University moved a victory shy of extending its reign in softball to seven years while Ateneo gained a head start in men’s baseball in Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines action. The Lady Falcons took to the Rizal Memorial diamond at 8 .m. on Tuesday, bucked a...